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FLEXO Magazine : May 2009
FTA TODAY 9th Annual FTA Environmental Excellence Awards Recognizes Four Companies By Doreen M. Monteleone, Ph.D. T he Flexographic Technical Association is proud to announce that four companies were recognized through the 9th Annual FTA Environmental Excellence Award program. Lauterbach Group in Waukesha, WI took top honors in the Process Improvement category and Coating Excellence International LLC won for Innovative Technology. Awarded with honorable mentions were AllpakTrojan, Renton, WA for Process Improvement and Creative Labels, Gilroy, CA for Technical Innovation. These exceptional companies were recognized for developing innovative processes, products and management approaches that have a positive impact on the environment. Applications are evaluated based on environmental benefi ts, commitment and leadership, and relevance to the industry and others. “As always, we had a good number of applicants that challenged the judges during their reviews,” stated Judge Tommy Linder, Temple Inland. “All these companies support environmental programs designed to reduce cost, reduce our environmental footprints, provide long term benefi ts and most importantly— protect our air, water and land for all of us and to preserve the environment for future generations.” AWARDS AND REWARDS Lauterbach Group, a label printer with 50 employees, has undergone a number of environmentally-focused initiatives to win the Process Improvement category. Its Lauterbach Productivity System focuses on ways to reduce, reuse and recycle through a process improvement program that has full employee participation. The company strives to make sustainability part of its every day operations. With the understanding that lean is green, it was able to reduce the amount of materials consumed, while increasing output, and lessening its impact on the environment in a fashion that makes economical sense from a business standpoint. 16 FLEXO MAY 2009 Through the Lauterbach Productivity System, fi ve teams were created and charged with the task of fi nding ways to work smarter, not harder. Instead of sending senior management out for lean training, they brought the training to the group. In fact, none of the team leaders are members of senior management. All employees were trained to identify waste and are eliminating it. Lauterbach has a goal of 30-50 percent increase in throughput across various presses. In the process it will reduce roll change over material waste by 50 percent or more and time waste by at least 75 percent. The presses will be still running for the same amount of time, but producing more products. A series of award programs to recognize outstanding results in various degrees was established. The fi rst award created the 100 percent Club. This award recognizes excellence in transactional reporting. The Amplio Award rewards staff who come up with ideas that have an environmental, social or fi nancial impact on the company. An employee earned this award for initiating a pallet recycling program saving 50 percent for pallets. A press operator also earned a Amplio Award for increasing production effi ciency. The Lauterbach Productivity Systems Applied Principles Award recognizes teams that best demonstrate an understanding and ability to implement many of the process improvements The Lauterbach Group has found that even the simplest of actions can make a signifi cant impact. www. f le xography. org